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Coach: Graham McDougall
Assistant Coaches: Peter Maloney, Gus Johnson
MATCH REPORT ROUND 3 - Sunday May 12th
This week saw us up against our arch rivals on a special Mother’s day.
This year has been a challenging start for the kids only in terms of game and the strength of the opposition. For myself and the coaches, we have seen significant improvement since last year and that’s where the focus is and the kids individually and as a collective growing to a level that is appropriate for them.
This weeks training was a real positive. A lot of smaller match play and game simulation exercises and this was reflected in a really improvement against South Melbourne. What I see is the kids enjoyment for themselves as they improve.
This week’s captain was a special choice. Noah in his second year has come a long way since he first joined the club. Not only is he a great kid, very respectful but we love his attitude and willingness to want to improve. This was highlighted in training this week with his long kicks out from full back and his attack on the footy. This was rewarded with captain this week and start in the middle.
The game was really good in terms of the kids being ready to play. There was a focus this week I hadn’t seen before. Maybe it was playing the old rivals as a lot of the kids have mates playing for south Melbourne and always want to do well against your mates.
The game was highlighted again by a stronger second half and in the last quarter a real solid performance. Highlights for me were the long kicks and kids awareness of how to structure up on the ground. Still a long way to go here but we see improvement each week. A couple of observations for me over the last 3 weeks is how exciting it is when we see the kids kick to space / lead, mark play on and follow this down the ground. From a parents viewpoint you can here the cheers loudly for the kids when they do this. I loved the mark from Callum and swing around onto his right to a leading Will that run onto the ball and kicked a goal.
The first few weeks have seen some great efforts, Max last week in the ruck, Jack D in a really impressive start with our team, Big Jack’s marks last week, Sammy B lifting his game to a new level, Alex and his new attack on the footy.. the list goes on.
This week there were a few standouts. Jack D had another great game and his rebound footy, marking and kicking skills really impressive to watch and rewarded with 3rd best on ground for the day. 2nd best went to Cruz and his absolute gut running and ability to clear, mark, attack and defend. All round ripper game and love the smile on his face when he comes off the ground and you know he has had a god game. Top honours this week went to Jonty. Its hard to put in words what Jonty brings to the team but he is an assuming little guy that plays well beyond his year and his size. The opposition player from Sth Melbourne that is touted as a future footballer in many circles was his challenge. He had opened up with two goals and Pete suggested we let Jonty run with him for the day. Not only did Jonty love the challenge of taking this kid head on but in my eyes he played at a higher level and demonstrated to all from both sides just how capable he is. No fuss, just gets out there and as a read hot crack every week. Well done to all kids and call outs to Tommy, Charlie W, Liam, Charlie W, Sammy J for really impressive days out but in honest all the kids had a good day.
Big emphasis this week on all kids improving their kicking, irrespective of what level they are at. What we ask is not to be the best but want to improve and make the investment outside of training and game day to improve skills. This is the big ask from the kids and support from the parents
Hope all the Mums had a great Mother’s day and enjoyed watching the kids play and thanks for all the support and cheering. The kids and us can hear this and the more positive noise we make the more fun it is.
Bring on next week